Cardiac biomarkers unnecessarily ordered in emergency departments

1. Based on data from a nationally representative sampling of emergency department (ED) visits, almost one in ten patients had cardiac biomarkers checked even...

Mechanical CPR provides no benefit over manual CPR [PARAMEDIC trial]

1. No evidence of improvement in 30-day survival was found with use of LUCAS-2 mechanical compression versus manual compression for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) of...

Abusive head trauma results in fewer productive life-years

1. Abusive head trauma (AHT) in children less than age 5 was estimated to cause a loss of 69,925 disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs) in 2009. 2. More...

Non-invasive ventilation linked with lower mortality in COPD exacerbations

1. For patients admitted with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbations requiring ventilatory support, non-invasive ventilation (NIV) was associated with a lower rate of...

2 Minute Medicine Rewind October 12 – 19, 2014

In this section, we highlight the key high-impact studies, updates, and analyses published in medicine during the past week. Goal-Directed Resuscitation for Patients with Early...

2 Minute Medicine Rewind September 28 – October 5, 2014

In this section, we highlight the key high-impact studies, updates, and analyses published in medicine during the past week. Effect of a Postdischarge Virtual Ward...

Lower blood transfusion threshold in septic shock safe at 90-days

1. Patients with septic shock requiring critical care and transfused to a lower hemoglobin threshold had similar rates of mortality at 90-days after randomization...

Venous thromboembolism after vaginal delivery rising, preventative measures lacking

1. Current rates of venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis during vaginal delivery hospitalizations are low, with patients having a history of VTE and/or hypercoagulability most...

Ultrasound as effective as CT at identifying high-risk kidney stones, reduces radiation exposure

1. Point-of-care (POC) ultrasound was equally effective as CT scan in identifying renal calculi at “high-risk” for complications at 30-days after assessment. 2. POC...

Buprenorphine most responsible for pediatric hospitalizations due to unsupervised ingestion

1. Of the over 9,000 annual hospitalizations of children under the age of 6 for unsupervised medication ingestions, opioids and benzodiazepines are the most...
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